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First World

A term for the most highly developed nations. It may be applied to any member of the OECD, though its usage is somewhat archaic. Originally, the term referred to the allies of the United States during the Cold War. The term still is still sometimes associated with the Cold War and has some negative connotations. As a result, so-called First World nations frequently are called developed nations. See also: OECD.
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This has made Wales, a wealthy, cultured first world country, languish near the bottom of European literacy tables.
This partnership will in no doubt help the Philippines to become a first world country that could include bullet trains, railways, hydro plants, and green energy projects that TGEG will promote and deploy.
It just can't be that in a first world country - whether you have a right to be here or not - that you go hungry.
Does being a First World country make the suffering and the loss of lives any less worthy of help?
Turton said that Australia is the only the first world country that has a significant amount of tropical land mass, and yet investment in research does not reflect this.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has called for increased investment in education in order to develop the skills of Saudis and transform the Kingdom into a first world country.
Outside the inquiry he said: "How can people in a civilised first world country be forced to live like this and cannot buy property and be treated worse than any other cultural group I am aware of.
Spain is part of the European Union and considers itself a progressive First World country.
This was Third World healthcare in a First World country.
While it's true that lower wages (partly due to a supply of labour from the surrounding poorer countries in Asia) mean that some labour-intensive work is still prevalent here--domestic help, drivers, superfluous security guards--by all measures Taiwan has established itself as a First World country.
I think they thought it a little backward for a first world country.
If you live in a Third World country it's your dream to work in a First World country.